El­way doesn’t own new con­tract

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Kickin’ it with Kiz Mark Kiszla: mk­is­zla@den­ver­post.com or @markkis­zla

OK with just be­ing GM? I would imag­ine the de­lay in ex­tend­ing John El­way’s con­tract with the Bron­cos is about own­er­ship. I don’t pre­tend to know what’s go­ing on, but per­haps the Bron­cos are hav­ing a hard time struc­tur­ing a con­tract for a gen­eral man­ager that also in­cludes El­way’s de­sire to be an owner, if that op­por­tu­nity should arise. Would he opt out as gen­eral man­ager to be­come an owner? Does he want to be owner and gen­eral man­ager? Noel, Dal­las

Kiz: El­way wants what’s best for the Bron­cos. And the Bron­cos want to richly re­ward El­way. That much I know. Here’s my guess: The slow, un­for­tu­nate de­cline in the health of owner Pat Bowlen makes it hard to pre­dict the long-term fu­ture of how the fran­chise will op­er­ate. We all want cer­tainty. But maybe that’s the one thing the Bron­cos can­not of­fer El­way in a con­tract.

Hurt feel­ings. What hap­pened? Did you get your lit­tle feel­ings hurt be­cause Rock­ies first base­man Ian Des­mond ain’t talk­ing to the me­dia? So you have the ig­no­rance to grade his .283 bat­ting av­er­age a D. I hope he takes you out “be­hind the gym” and beats the stuff­ing out of you. Nick, fight­ing mad

Kiz: I like Des­mond. He can play first base, out­field and, if nec­es­sary, be a club­house cop, be­cause he’s un­afraid to lay down the law, even if that means try­ing to in­tim­i­date the me­dia. Des­mond makes me smile, be­cause here’s what he and some fans don’t quite grasp: My job as a jour­nal­ist is not to be Des­mond’s buddy. My job is to re­port, re­search and give an opin­ion on his per­for­mance. Head­ing into the se­cond half of the sea­son, Des­mond’s mi­nus-0.5 WAR ranked 105th among 117 Na­tional League hit­ters with a min­i­mum of 200 plate ap­pear­ances. The grade of D might have been gen­er­ous.

At­ten­tion hound. Have you ever writ­ten a col­umn with­out men­tion­ing your­self in it? Your beg­ging for at­ten­tion is painfully ob­vi­ous. Write about our lo­cal sports and leave “I” out of it. Ron, no “I” in team

Kiz: I hear your beef. (Oops, I did it again. Many apolo­gies.) Here’s why it’s of­ten men­tioned in my col­umn when I have a face-to-face con­ver­sa­tion with an ath­lete, whether it’s Nuggets for­ward Paul Mill­sap at the Mont­bello Re­cre­ation Cen­ter or Olympic swim­mer Missy Franklin in Brazil. Un­like on­line news ag­gre­ga­tors, The Den­ver Post cares enough to send me to cover games and ask ques­tions for you, the reader. So, with your kind in­dul­gence, let me of­fer my hum­ble thanks to The Post for mak­ing that com­mit­ment.

Re-mark-able tal­ent. And to­day’s part­ing shot calls a cease­fire in our usual vol­ley of rot­ten eggs to throw a bou­quet:

I re­ally like your col­umns. Not merely the sub­ject mat­ter, but par­tic­u­larly your writ­ing skill. As a daily reader of your news­pa­per, I al­most al­ways read the col­umns reprinted from The Wash­ing­ton Post, re­gard­less of sub­ject, as I know the writ­ing will be su­perb. You are, in my view, the equal of the writ­ing in The Wash­ing­ton Post. Max, no re­la­tion to Kiz (hon­est)

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